Coming Soon: “Love at First Kiss,” “T-Rex”

In this week's round-up, we look at unscripted and documentary projects coming to TLC and PBS documentary strand 'Independent Lens.' (Pictured: T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold)
July 21, 2016

In this week’s round-up, new non-fiction series and documentaries are slated to debut across TLC and the PBS documentary strand ‘Independent Lens.’

Directors Drea Cooper and Zackary Canepari will get ready to rumble with PBS documentary strand ‘Independent Lens’ when their feature-length film T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold (pictured) premieres next month.

The film, a realscreen MIPTV Pick for 2016, recounts the story of boxer Claressa “T-Rex” Shields, a 17-year-old Flint, Michigan girl who became the first woman to win the middleweight gold medal in Olympic boxing. The film also sheds light on race, class and gender bias as she struggles to receive recognition and endorsements. The doc makes its television debut on August 2 at 10 p.m. EST/PST to coincide with her return to the Olympic boxing ring at the Rio de Janeiro Games this summer.

Discovery Communications-owned lifestyle network TLC, meanwhile, will set out to determine whether true love will be sealed with a kiss in Naked Entertainment’s relationship series Love at First Kiss.

The eight-episode social experiment will look to reveal the awkward and physical connections individuals undergo when searching for love. The series will feature singles kissing total strangers, without introduction. If either participant feels a spark, they can enjoy a two-minute speed date, which could lead to a date in the real world. The reality series is produced in association with Warner Horizon Television and airs August 3 at 10 p.m. EST/PST.

The same network will feature an in-depth look at young couples as they begin the next chapter of their marriages in the 90 Day Fiancé spin-off from Sharp Entertainment.

90 Day Fiancé: After the 90 Days will shadow some of the most memorable newlyweds from the original series as they begin to encounter life’s challenges with someone they hardly know. The series, which bows September 11 at 10 p.m. EST/PST, follows such 90 Day Fiancé couples as Danielle and Mohamed, Melanie and Devar, Loren and Alexei, Kyle and Noon, Brett and Daya, and Russ and Paola.

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